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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 02-12-11, 05:51 PM   #1
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Hi all! New "Clyde" in the saddle.

HI! Thought I would drop in. I like the feel of this forum vs some o fthe road forums where saving a gram or two is paramount. Well, a gram or two is what Im trying to shave, but not off equipment, off the motor.

I live outside Tampa, in sunny, but right now cold, Florida. I have the good fortune to live 2 miles from the Suncoast Trail so that's a great thing.

Until recently I have been humping a Trek 3700 MTB up and down the trail and frankly, its a pain. I've wanted a true road bike for a while and just bought a 2006 or so Specialized Allez Sport (triple). I cant wait to get it out on the trail! It's been about 50 degrees and rainy for the last week, naturally, since I have a new bike.

I used to do 15 miles loops, at about 13mph, taking me about 45 minutes to an hour, and just running my new toy around the block, I can tell I'm going to eat up a lot more pavement!

So that's me, in a nutshell, a large 270lb nutshell. I'll put out some "THANKS!" in advance, since Im sure I'll have a lot of questions as I go slong.

Thanks!

Brian
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Old 02-12-11, 05:56 PM   #2
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Hola! It is pretty awesome here as opposed to some other areas (no offense to those parts of the forum). Lots of really supportive folks here.
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Old 02-12-11, 06:07 PM   #3
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Welcome!

I have a 2006 Trek 3700 as well. My fork blew out and changed it to a rigid with a Surly 1x1 fork.

The new bike sounds awesome.
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Old 02-12-11, 06:47 PM   #4
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Welcome !

Sounds like you are off to a good start.
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Welcome and congrats! I have the Spec. Roubaix. My borother-in-law has the Allez. He loves it. The Roubaix is my first Spec. Bike and I have never had an issue - big fan of Specialized.
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Old 02-12-11, 07:41 PM   #6
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Well done Grasshopper.
You have learned the first lesson of bike forum
n+1 where n = the number of bicycles you have and 1 = the numerical equivalent of the bike you just purchased.

The next rule is: a < b where a=the cost of Bicycle n and b=the cost of bicycle n+1
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Old 02-12-11, 09:01 PM   #8
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Welcome Brian, there are some great posters here in this forum, the Historian and Mr Beanz, to name just a few are great to draw experiences from. Make sure you post your experiences and pay it forward to those who come in after you
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Old 02-12-11, 10:24 PM   #9
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Hola! It is pretty awesome here as opposed to some other areas (no offense to those parts of the forum). Lots of really supportive folks here.
Absolutley, I've been pretty inconsistant posting on these forums though Ive been around for about a year now, always something to talk about and keep you intrested in staying in the saddle.

Alas! Welcome aboard! Hope to see you on the road one day!
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Old 02-14-11, 09:22 AM   #10
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Well done Grasshopper.


The next rule is: a < b where a=the cost of Bicycle n and b=the cost of bicycle n+1
I think I have that one down. Even used the Allez was more than the Trek was a few years ago. But I can also see that from my research. I know my next bike, in a year or so will not be cheap. I have a thing for gadgets and cool stuff. I would love to have a Felt or Orbea.

Thanks for the welcome! See you on the trail!
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Old 02-14-11, 09:48 AM   #11
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Old 02-14-11, 10:13 AM   #12
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Hi Brain and welcome from the thawing tundra of SC. Would also like to invite you to the weight loss thread here in the this forum. For an extra motivator, click on any of the weight loss ticker signatures for a great tracker.
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Old 02-14-11, 02:23 PM   #13
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Welcome Brian!

Enjoy the ride and don't let the weather discourage you. I'm a year round commuter in upstate NY and don't complain about the weather.

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